Badlands National Park, SD
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement
What We Do
ACMNP in Badlands provides:
- Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
- Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
- Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
- Pastoral care during emergencies
Interdenominational Services of Worship
Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.
- Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater: 10:00 AM
Ministry Team Member Information
Our summer team in Badlands is typically 4-5 ministry team members, all of whom serve in the same park location.
- Summer only
- Mentors not available for seminarians
- Catholic mass in Rapid City (1.5 hours away) for interested team members
Ministry team members seek employment from Forever Resorts at the Cedar Pass Lodge.
- Preferred availability of May/June until late August
- Working through September is ideal
- Front desk agent
- Campground assistant
- Retail at gift shops
- Restaurant/food service
- Guest service attendant
- Married housing available
- Small cabin with roommates
- Single hotel room
- Bringing a car, and/or a bike, is highly encouraged!
* If you are interested in serving in Badlands as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Badlands (including employee housing costs), please visit http://www.cedarpasslodge.com/employment.
How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Badlands National Park
- Apply to serve as a ministry team member!
- Attend a service of worship during your next trip.
- Support our team by volunteering to serve on a local Ministry Support Committee.
- Contact us to learn more.
Information About The Park
Badlands National Park lies just east of well known attractions such as Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park in Interior, South Dakota. The Lakota people recognized this as a land of extremes and referred to it as "mako sica" which translates into "land bad". The term badlands has changed over the years and now has a more geologic definition referring to when soft sedimentary rock is eroded in a dry climate. You can see incredible features through the parks gullies, ridges, sharp spires, and other unique topography across the park.
Don't forget to catch a sunset at Pinnacles Overlook or Conata Basin while you are there!
- Pinnacles Overlook
- Notch Trail
- Mt. Rushmore
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Wall Drug Store
- Custer State Park
- Wind Cave National Park
In Badlands National Park, you will be able to find bison, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, and other animals!
To learn more about traveling to Badlands, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit www.nps.gov/badl.